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1. (most common usage) The supposed "white" master race. This recent mutilation of the meaning of "Aryan" was first caused by anti-Semitism (prejudice against Jews or Judaism). Some early Christian scholars made up the idea of an Aryan race (no evidence, just theories based on their own prejudices) as a means of separating themselves from their Jewish heritage (Christianity began as an extremist Jewish sect). They wanted to believe that they descended from different people than the Jews because of differing religious beliefs (ignoring that fact the old testament of the Christian bible is really just an idealized translation of the Torah, or Jewish Hebrew bible).

This idea of an "Aryan" race was strongly embraced by Germans as nationalism united the many weak and divided states into a single German nation (during the 19th century). We all know were things went from there (during the early 20th century), with Adolf Hitler using this German superiority complex to assist in gaining power and then blaming all of Germany's problems on non "Aryans". Many hundreds of thousands of people have suffered from this fallacy. There is no such thing as an "Aryan" race. The idea that "Aryans" where outsiders who came into India to conquer the natives is also unproven. People just believed this because of wishful thinking and not proof. This pompous eventually led to widespread false use of "Aryan" by Nazis and other racists as the supposed "white" master race (this racism needs to stop).

2. Many religions (including Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus) use Aryan as a title for a person who is noble and/or spiritual. In Buddhist teachings for instance, someone can be Aryan, no matter what race they are, by being noble, good natured, righteous in behavior, etc... Likewise Aryan status is lost by not living up to this code of conduct.

3. (obsolete) Aryan was once used to refer to the people (not race) who spoke the original Indo-Europe language/s, but that term has been replaced by PIEs, or Proto-Indo-Europeans.
Racist "white supremacists" should technically be called delusional morons, not Aryans.
by Efulitz January 08, 2004
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Just rebutting Disco Stu here, the Aryans were originally persian.
They invaded India a few times in the last few thousands of years.
Very little amount of Indians are actually Aryan, the ones that are tend to live in northern India.
Aryans spoke an Indo-European language that is now known as Persian(Farsi).
Aryan is not only a race but also a common name in places which aryans reside.
by Vladostock Einsmann November 02, 2003
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The word aryan has no other origin than ancient sanskrit and its predecessor language. Arya(n) means noble, children of light, learned, honourable, etc. Like many people who are learned in Indian languages will realize that these languages have numerous words to convey the same idea unlike english and modern european languages. The older language relatives of Sanksrit such as modern Punjabi, Hindi and Marathi follow the same pattern. It is noted that Punjabi is actually the closest modern language to ancient Sanskrit. No other culture in the world cites the word 'arya(n)' more than do the Sanskrit works of ancient India. Much of the ancient culture of South Asia was transmitted westward to Iran (ancient Persia) and eastward to Burma, Thailand and Southern China and to closer neighbours like Tibet. Furthermore people seem confused over religion and how it transmogrified over the millenia. Fact: Vedic thought (Hinduism for sake of clarity) gave rise to Buddhism, Zoroastrianism (prophesized in Sanskrit texts as Jarathustra the son that will go against his forefathers thus is banished to the West!), Jainism etc.
The varios fantasies/fallacies of Aryan arriving/invading India are ridiculous. Who can believe wagons crossed over the Hindu Kush range thenthe Khyber pass to region Punjab in India-LOL! Try it in a Range Rover and let me know if you didnt crap your pants on the way!. The Radar/LandSat work over the 1990's found the old river bed of the Saraswati-proclaimed by invasion theorists as a myth and a way to prove their false theory now rebukes their claims! The findings of domestic horse antecedent (earlier than) to those in Central Asia evidencing India had mastered horse husbandry long before anyone else-once more rebuking the theory that an invasion took place.The list goes on yet 'europeans' dont want to accept that their origins are Indian and that indian genes, culture and thought travelled west and east enlightening all. I personally think it was a mistake and it should have stayed within that country becuase knowledge in the hands/minds of the meek is a dangerous thing. At least India is regaining its glory of the past as it is emerging as a new super power to be. Yes there were Greek Empires, Persian Empires yet before them all were the various Indian Empires. It is funny how the written record of a lineage of at least 100 kings is not believed yet people on line and every where will cite 'Herodotus or Homer'. In my opinion the were just poets and writers!
Indians are the only aryans, everyone else may have Indian (aryan) genes in them due to migrations out of India. Nothing more, nothing less.
by Indra of the Aryans April 19, 2005
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According to a pre-WWII German Socialist/Communist political joke, the backside of a proletarian.
Those who boast of being Aryans are often lumpenproletarians.
by Leslie Doppler Hammond December 11, 2007
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1. (noun): a person of the Sanskrit-speaking race that is believed to have imposed the caste system in India and subsequently annihilated itself in a civil war at Kurukshetra.

2. (adjective): of, or relating to the culture of, the Sanskrit-speaking race that is believed to have imposed the caste system in India and subsequently annihilated itself in a civil war at Kurukshetra.
1. Adolf Hitler thought the Aryans were of Germanic origin.

2. The swastika is an Aryan symbol.

3. Aryan girlfriend wanted; send photos and phone numbers to Venth
by Venth May 03, 2005
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Awesome. He is dangerous. Dangerously good at dancing. He's a professional put acid in eyer. The GOAT (greatest of all time)
That guy can dance, he's so Aryan.

I lost my husband to a guy because he was so Aryan.

I wish I was Aryan.
by theLionShah March 15, 2014
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A proud noble race originating from central Asia. NOT the Indian subcontinent or Iran which fascists would you to believe. The Persia are not real Aryans and never were to begin with. The real Aryans live in Afghanistan and are called Pashtuns and nuristanis.
Real Aryans come from central Asia NOT iran or india.
by Jamal94 May 11, 2013
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